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SA rowers into finals

By Mark Etheridge

Both South African Olympic rowing crews have made it into the A-finals at this weekend’s World cup event in Lucerne, Switzerland.

The men’s lightweight fours crew ended second in their semi-final to make it into the six-race final on Sunday.

And then the women’s pairs squeezed into their A-finals as well.

The men’s fours are looking particularly good. Said the man in the bow seat, James Thompson: “We had another comfortable row to go through, second to China and comfortably up on the Swiss.

“Last year we finished sixth here after scraping into the final ÔÇô tomorrow we open up and see what we can do!”

Lee-Ann Persse and Naydene Smith make up the women’s pairs.

National coach Roger Barrow said: “They scraped into the A-Final in the last 500 metres, a real gutsy row from them.”

A true statement indeed as Persse was out of the boat, injured, from 20 February until 1 May. During this time young Kate Christowitz stepped in to shore things up.